Sharp End: Samsung i8910 Omnia HD


Samsung i8910HD

Thanks to my local Samsung trainer I have had the pleasure to review the new Samsung Omnia HD i8910 over the last couple of days. The Omnia HD is Samsung’s latest flagship 8 megapixel camera AMOLED touchscreen handset.

For those who like small phones then this will not be for you, but for those that want a clear, high-definition large screen then you will not be disappointed with this. The screen is beautiful. The clarity needs to be seen to be appreciated fully. Being an AMOLED screen, the battery life is impressive for such a device – up to 10 hours talk time, 240 hours standby. The camera and video are well specified as you’d expect. Media functions are handled well. Microsoft Exchange synchronisation is handled by a third party application, Road Warrior, which works well at synchronising email, calendar, appointments and such. Unfortunately it never handled saved contact photos, which is disappointing.

Strangely for a touchscreen, there is no stylus. But to be honest a stylus is not really needed. The menu structure is such that all functions/options are easily selected by your finger.

The main features of the Omnia HD are as follow: HD recording on world’s largest 3.7” AMOLED screen; SDPA, HSUPA, Wi-Fi and DLNA connectivity; 8 megapixel camera; 8GB storage and built-in GPS. The phone runs on S60 5th Edition, which is one of only a couple of gripes about this phone. It should be a Windows Mobile device. There’s something about the Symbian OS on such a device that just does not make sense.

The other gripe I have is with the Orange branding that was on the model I had (due to Orange’s exclusivity for a number of weeks). Why do the networks insist on putting their nonsense all over a perfectly good operating system?

Networks should just stick to being networks and ditch their half-hearted attempts at portals which are blatant attempts to restrict open use of handsets.

Thanks again to Samsung training team for being the only manufacturer to make visits to my store. All manufacturers should be doing this.


Orange commission error

Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a sudden increase in errors for commission payments for Orange connections. Orange commission errors had levelled off but over the last few weeks I’ve seen a massive increase in commission errors. The errors seem to be mainly with connections made via Enable, Orange’s online connections system. The errors also range from being paid for 12-month connections when 18 or 24-month connections were actually processed to wrong banding on upgrades.

Full article in Mobile News issue 441 (June 15, 2009).

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